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    Four More Things to Know About Readmissions

    September 30, 2015

    Studies have shown that there are a number of processes that occur during the inpatient stay and in the early stages of post-discharge care that do impact readmission rates. Most hospitals are focusing their improvement efforts in these areas. The following table identifies some of these common process breakdowns.

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    Three More Things to Know About Readmissions

    September 23, 2015

    Hospitals with readmission rates that exceed the national average are penalized by a reduction in payments across all of their Medicare admissions—not just those which resulted in readmissions. CMS began imposing penalties in FY2013 when the maximum penalty was 1% of the hospital’s base inpatient claims.

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    What One Chief Medical Officer is Thinking About Readmissions

    September 16, 2015

    The key is to take multiple steps to prevent a readmission. We need to be focused on plans for discharge as soon as the patient is admitted. You can’t wait until the day before. You need to try to have everything in place before the patient leaves the hospital.

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    Meeting the Training Requirements of Corporate Integrity Agreements

    September 14, 2015

    A CIA requires significant attention, data collection, legal defense, negotiation, new systems, new policies, oversight, and enforcement, possibly for many years. Healthcare facilities of all types, including hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, long-term care, physician groups, and more have all seen increases in CIAs. Yet, these organizations often struggle with what to do if a recipient of one.

  • How HealthStream Can Help With Post-Acute Care Issues

    September 14, 2015

    HealthStream uses empirically proven methods to improve the system of care in post-acute/long-term care facilities. With services ranging from strategic planning to accountability and alignment of care units, we offer products, services, and facilitators to improve post-acute/long-term care. Learn more about our post-acute care solutions.

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    Three Things to Know About Readmissions

    September 11, 2015

    CMS began imposing a penalty on hospitals with excessive Medicare readmissions in FY2013 (October 1, 2012) as part of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). CMS defines a “readmission” as someone who has been readmitted to the same or another acute care facility within 30 days of an initial hospital stay.

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    A New Way to Think About Conflicts of Interest in Medicine

    September 04, 2015

    On August 31st Health Economist Austin Frakt published an article in in the New York Times “TheUpshot” column suggesting “A New Way to Think About Conflicts of Interest in Medicine”.

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    Myth or Reality: Are Satisfied Nurses More Likely to Stay?

    August 12, 2015

    Although there is a lack of agreement about the severity of the nursing shortage that is being predicted, most feel that there will be a substantial shortage developing over the next several years. Job satisfaction is important to consider when evaluating nurse retention.

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    Provider Enrollment Solutions Vital for Hospital Revenue Cycle Management: White Paper

    August 06, 2015

    In this White Paper, HealthStream examines the new environment for Provider Enrollment and its implications for hospital and health system leaders. We present new research collected in early 2015 by HealthStream from 130 hospital and health system credentialing executives throughout the U.S. who indicate that improving the Provider Enrollment function is a high priority in their organizations.

  • blog post 7.19.13

    Education is Vital for Controlling Communicable Disease Outbreaks: AACN

    July 28, 2015

    AACN Shares How Education is Vital for Controlling Communicable Disease Outbreaks. The highly publicized 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak reinforced the importance of critical care knowledge, skill, and teamwork in uncertain situations to the entire healthcare community.

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    You’re Already a Healthcare Data Visualization Expert

    July 22, 2015

    The term data visualization may already be in your vocabulary or you may have heard it quickly in a discussion about charts or reports. Anyway, don’t worry that it's some new class you have to take or concept that you will be forced to use. Whether you realize it or not you’re already an expert. Actually, if you work in a hospital you’re a leading authority on data visualization.

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    Selecting the Best Chart for Your Healthcare Data

    July 22, 2015

    The best chart is usually not the newest, most elaborate, or most colorful. In fact, it's often the opposite. You don’t order a medical test for a patient just because you can--don’t just use the sexiest chart available either. So, how do you determine which chart is right for your audience?

  • Magnet Designation: Is It Worth It?

    July 21, 2015

    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® honors hospitals for excellence in nursing leadership, clinical practice, innovations, and positive outcomes. The current program has its roots in a ground-breaking study conducted by the American Academy of Nursing over 30 years ago.

  • blog post 10.6.14

    Value-Based Purchasing is on the Horizon for Home Health Agencies

    July 14, 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposal to implement a Home Health Value-based Purchasing model for Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) in selected states starting in 2016. The model will test whether incentives for better care can improve outcomes in the delivery of home health services.

  • The Future Looks Bright for Nurse Practitioners

    June 30, 2015

    Several developments in the healthcare industry are resulting in increased demand for primary care services. For one, Baby Boomers have begun turning 65 and are entering the Medicare ranks at a rate of some 10,000 per day. Nurse practitioners may be a good solution to this increased healthcare need, but we need to address challenges, including scope of work limitations and increased demand for them.


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